Eye-catching platinum tones may have been a big trend for blondes this past summer, but Factory Downtown celebrity hair artist Felix Fischer stresses that blonde shades will be anything but frosty this fall. Natural tones of blonde are making an unexpected comeback, as honey tones are said to warm up the complexion.
“Blondes won’t be as icy this fall,” explains Fischer. “Expect honey, wheat, and buttery blonde tones to be on trend, as they are tones that are not brassy or yellow.”
To achieve a more natural-looking blonde, Fischer suggests asking your colorist for glosses and toner in order to tone down bold platinum color, which usually tends to be free of pigment. He also advises asking your colorist to use safer bleaching alternatives like Olaplex, in order to repair your hair from any extreme bleaching you indulged in over the summer.
Dip-dye ombre looks may be a fun way to play with fashion-forward color over the summer, but it’s one trend Fischer says to leave behind for fall. Instead of going for extreme light to dark looks, Fischer recommends balayage coloring techniques, as they’re usually more gentle on the hair, and tend to look more natural in photos.
“Balayage is a very natural painting technique, where you actually paint in different colors to the hair,” says Fischer. “Ombré proves to be quite a different technique. You can implement different colors into your hair, but don’t do anything too drastic, as you want a natural look for fall.”
Strawberry-blonde tones were huge for redheads over the summer, but Fischer recommends skipping on the orangey shades, and gooing for natural copper tones once autumn comes knocking. Again, the key is keeping your color looking as natural as possible, so ask your colorist to carefully tone (or use semi-permanent color) your hair in order to achieve that gorgeous coppery hue.
But he always advises toning with caution. “If you try too hard to tone down light colors, your hair will look lifeless, and you totally want your red to look vibrant for fall,” he says. Work with your colorist to find the right strategy.
Highlights are still a mainstay in the beauty world, and Reiss says the babylights highlighting technique (which brightens up hair) will still be prominent in the fall months. But if you’re feeling like your current look is a little too summery, Reiss has the fix for you. “If you want to tone down highlights, I would use a very sheer toner to blend the colors better together,” she says.
And yes, you may be tired of seeing rose gold everything on social media, but peachy hues are still hanging around this fall, especially since it’s a universally flattering color all skin tones can pull off with ease. However, expect peaches to be a little more romantic this time around, as blush-peach tones are expected to take center stage.
If you’ve never tried going peachy with your hair, Reiss recommends asking your colorist first if your hair is in good enough condition to lighten your hair enough that it’ll properly reflect the peach tone. “Do smaller sections to add the element of color without committing to an entire head,” she adds for first-timers. “You can always add more, but best to start on a more subtle note.”